Woman ‘cautioned’ after metal object allegedly found in banana

UPDATE @ September 18, 6.00 AM | A WOMAN has been given an adult caution after a banana was allegedly contaminated with a metal object at a Queensland supermarket.

The 62-year-old was given the caution on Monday following investigations by Maryborough police.

Officers said the banana contamination is being treated as an “isolated incident” and that it’s not related to the ongoing strawberry sabotage saga.


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“Police are confident no other products were contaminated in this alleged incident,” police said.

“The community is reminded that contaminating food is treated as a serious offence and a threat to public safety.”

The woman has also been referred to appropriate support services.

EARLIER @ September 17, 3.00 PM | An investigation is underway after a “metal object” was allegedly found inside a banana in Queensland.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart confirmed officers were “following leads” in relation to the matter at a press conference in Brisbane on Monday.

“We have had a report about one incident involving a banana.. that is the only one of those that we’ve had so far, that I’m aware of,” Commissioner Stewart said.

It’s not known where exactly the banana was found, however it is understood to be an isolated incident and is not related to the ongoing strawberry sabotage incident which has seen sewing needles discovered in strawberries in at least three different states, including Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

A $100,000 reward has since been offered for anyone who comes forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for sabotaging the strawberries.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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